After Autistic Student Failed his SATs, His School Writes A Letter That Moved His Mother To Tears

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When 11-year-old autistic student Ben Twist failed his SAT exams at the Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College in St. Helens in Merseyside in England, his teacher wrote his mother Gail an unexpected letter that surprised and moved her to tears.

Instead of nitpicking and highlighting Ben?s shortcomings, the letter?written by a certain teacher named Ruth Clarkson?emphasized Ben?s strengths.

Ben?s mom Gail was so touched by the letter that she took a photo of it and posted it on Twitter. That post came with this caption: ?In tears. A letter to my 11 yr old autistic son from his school. “These tests only measure a little bit of you??

Here?s what the letter contained (published as is):

Dear Ben:

I am writing to you to congratulate you on your attitude and success in completing your end of key stage SATs.

Gil, Lynn, Angela, Steph and Anne have worked so well with you this year and you have made some fabulous progress.

I have written to you and to your parents to tell you the results of the tests.

A very important piece of information I want you to understand is that these tests only measure a little bit of you and your abilities. They are important and you have done so well but Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents that we at Lansbury Bridge see and measure in other ways.

Other talents that you have that these tests do not measure include

  • Your artistic talents
  • Your ability to work in a team
  • Your growing independence
  • Your kindness
  • Your ability to express your opinion
  • Your abilities in sport
  • Your ability to make and keep friends
  • Your ability to discuss and evaluate your own progress
  • You design and building talents.
  • Your musical ability

We are so pleased that all of these different talents and abilities make you the special person you are and these are all of the things that we measure to reassure us that you are always making progress and continuing to develop as a lovely bright young man.

Well done Ben. We are very proud of you.

Best Wishes

Mrs. Clarkson

An outpour of love and touching messages came in. There was even a comment by a Twitter user, who claims that he?s an ?autistic adult? himself and that he was deeply touched by Gail?s story.

Some sent their well wishes to her son Ben?

Some also commended the school for taking the extra effort of uplifting Gail?s spirits.


Gail Twist?s Twitter post quickly went viral and before she knew it, her story was already being picked up by news websites and TV stations. Gail, understandably, is over the moon because not only was her story inspiring, it also gave voice to the many parents raising kids with autism.

?If only the world had many more schools like Lansbury Bridge School, then the world would ultimately be a better place to live in.

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